We're four levels down, four to go. It's that good ol' midday break here in the 5:00 P.M. event, and the players have a half hour to try and choke down some food from the poker kitchen.
When we reached Table 125, Melissa Burr, Barry Greenstein and Vanessa Selbst were in a hand with the board reading . Burr checked, Greenstein bet, and both Selbst and Burr called. The three players repeated the same actions on the turn (), and the river ().
Greenstein: - Low
Burr: - High
We just spotted Phil Tom in the field, and that's big news for any of you who (used to) play online poker. Tom was reportedly the main investor behind Absolute Poker, funneling money through his son and founder Scott to build one of the largest online poker rooms in the world.
There's some drama though, and we'd imagine there are a few people who aren't so happy to see Tom today. Long after Absolute was sold in 2006, his son Scott Tom's name resurfaced in connection with an alleged cheating scandal on the site. Father Phil came to his son's defense, fervently arguing that the allegations were ridiculous. Still, the poker community came to know Scott Tom as one of the cheaters behind screen name like "POTRIPPER" and "GREYCAT". In late 2008, rumors surfaced that both Scott and Phil Tom were under a sealed indictment from the federal government in connection with the scandal, rumors that never materialized.
Earlier this year, Scott Tom was indeed indicted, but not for cheating. His name came up as one of the 11 roped into the Department of Justice's crackdown on online poker, courtesy of the UIGEA. For now, nobody really knows where Scott is, but we've got Phil in the field with us today. He's not just a middle-aged guy with lots of money to throw around on poker, either. In 2008, at the height of the speculation about the cheating at Absolute Poker, Tom won his first bracelet in the $5,000 Shootout event, beating Greg Mueller heads up at a stacked final table. He has close to $700,000 in career earnings.
When we reached his table, Mercier was in a three-way pot with the board reading . Mercier and another player called a bet from a third opponent, and the turn brought the . Again, one player led, and Mercier and the third player called.
The river was the , and the player in first position slowed down, checking to Mercier who bet. The third player was his only caller, and Mercier mucked when he tabled for two-pair: queens and tens.
Alex Kostritsyn, Andrew Brown and a third opponent saw a flop of . The action checked to Brown who bet, and his two opponents called. There was a repeat performance after the turned, but when the fell on the river, Kostritsyn led out. Both the unknown player and Brown called.
Kostritsyn: - low
Brown: - high
Third Opponent: Mucked
Brown said after the hand that the river was the, "case ace," and had to settle with half of the pot.
When we reached the table, John D'Agostino was heads-up with an opponent, and the board read . Both players checked. The turn was the , and D'Agostino called a bet from his opponent. The river brought the , D'Agostino's opponent led again, but this time D'Agostino raised. His opponent mucked, and D'Agostino shipped the pot, pushing his stack to 36,000 chips.
|George Lind III||39,000||5,000|
Three players including Amnon Filippi and Gary Bolden saw a flop of . The third player checked, Bolden bet, and he received two calls. The turn was the , and the same action ensued except that the third player opted to fold.
The river was the , Bolden led, and Filippi folded. Bolden flashed for a full house, and raked in a pot to push his stack to 41,000 chips.
|George Lind III||34,000||-1,000|